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Issue #145 October 2, 2019


The G-ZINE — the Germany Magazine — provides you with news, updates and happenings in and around Germany. While saving you valuable time, this e-zine prepares you and sets you up for an unforgettable Germany experience.

October 2019 Topics

In this issue . . .

  1. Must-See And -Do Events
  2. German Phrase
  3. German Quote
  4. Trip Tip
  5. Good To Know
  6. Next G-ZINE's Preview


From Marcus' Travel Desk...

The chill of October has already set in, and while sitting here waiting for coffee to do its magic I'm wondering why I even bother writing some sort of Preview in the previous month's G-ZINE.

Like, seriously, inspiration can hit at any time; leading me off in a different direction for what'll show up in the Good To Know and Trip Tip than what I mentioned before.

Who knew in the wee hours of the morning that writing about the centennial of the Bauhaus would be this issue's Good To Know? I didn't, until then.

And really, it wasn't until right now the Hessian town of Bad Wildungen would grace the page in the Trip Tip. Don't judge me, though, with so many fantastic (wonderful, charming, active, etc.) towns within Germany to choose from—you can hardly blame me for finding it difficult to choose just one. ;-)

As for the German Quote of the Month, well, I'm gonna do something unusual to the G-ZINE. I've added a quote by a living person, Klaus Schwab, who was born in Ravensburg in 1938. Herr Doctor Schwab is a German/Swiss/U.S. educated man, and is the Founder & Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

According to The World Economic Forum's Mission, their objective is to "demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does."

And here I think it's a successful day when I don't spill coffee on myself. ;-)

My self-depreciating sense of humor is only getting in the way of mentioning the Must See & Do Events. October's a most agreeable month for being outdoors, so be sure to spend it at events like the historic Onion Market in Weimar.

Of course, October is the month of Halloween, and no place is creepier than Frankenstein's Castle itself. Weekends this time of year are perfect for giving yourself a bit of a scare at this infamous castle. Wouldn't you agree?

Either way, I better let you get on reading the rest of the G-ZINE.


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Must-See And -Do Events

Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Day of German Unity)

While the German Reunification is celebrated throughout Germany, the official (read: political) celebrations will take place in this year's host city, Kiel. And it's in Berlin that really makes it uniquely special (again). Events, food, and music are highlighted around the Platz der Republik, the Brandenburg Gate, and Straße des 17 Juni to mark a no-longer-divided Germany.

Although 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of this milestone, there are valid reasons to enjoy yourself this year as well.

Zwiebelmarkt (Onion Market)

Sure, onions can make you cry, but here at the Onion Market in Weimar you'll be crying tears of joy at this amazing festival. You'll find all sorts of delicious food, wine, an Onion Queen, amusement rides (the view from the Ferris Wheel is wonderful), music, and so much more. This Thuringian Festival has been going on for centuries.

Deutsches Weinlesefest (German Grape Harvest Festival)

While Oktoberfest is known for its beer, the Palatinate region is known for its wine. And here in Neustadt you'll find some of the best German made stuff, along with a Wine Queen, amidst half-timbered streets and the gaiety of amusements. The colors of the Grape Harvest Festival Parade await, but then so do the fireworks, music concerts, and regional culinary treats.

Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair)

For some (myself included), nothing is better than curling up with a great book (and possibly a hot cup of coffee or tea). So what could be better than an event dedicated to the things? Frankfurt's Book Fair is internationally reknown. You'll find writers, publishers, books for young people, non-fiction books, fiction books, and everything in between.

Burg Frankenstein Halloween

  • October 25th-November 10th (weekends)
  • Mühltal

Burg Frankenstein is eerie on the brightest of days, now mix in a night of a dozen scary zones for a Halloween extravaganza—and you've got yourself a pulse pounding good time. I gotta be honest... this isn't an event for the faint of heart, so only the bravest will meander around the dozens upon dozens of "monsters" that you'll find in the millennia-old castle.

Burg Frankenstein is right, the angst is real.

Ohh, don't ya just love Halloween?

Jazzfest Berin (Berlin Jazz Festival)

  • October 31st-November 3rd
  • Berlin

What's with the German love of Jazz? I don't have an answer to that, but I do know that the capital city hosts a much anticipated Jazz Festival every year at October's end/November's beginning in various venues (like the Haus der Berliner). If you're into this genre of music you'll really enjoy it. And it's wonderful that there are some events held in both German and English, and some admission is even free.


Here it is, probably the most famous of Germany's festivals known worldwide. What started as a wedding celebration is now Munich's crowning glory of beer tents, amusement rides, dirndl and lederhosen clad folks singing and dancing the days away. There are parades, church services, gun salutes, music events, and more food than anyone could ever eat. So, come party Bavarian style. Still a few days left!

Reformationsfest (Reformation Festival)

The last day of October brings images of witches, goblins, Jack-o-Lanterns, but for Martin Luther—he had other ideas. Now over 500 years later, Germany celebrates the Protestant Reformation with events like the Reformation Festival. You'll experience Reformation period music, events for the kids, and even a Medieval Market. You see, there's something for everyone to experience. :-)


We Germans love nothing more than tradition, and you've got almost two-and-a-half centuries of it here in Bad Tölz for the Leonhardifahrt. The parade of men on horseback, the married ladies enjoying the parade route in their decorated wagons, the bright eyed children sitting sweetly for the spectators—it's a wonderful way to experience the history and tradition of the Old World. The highlight of the Leonhardifahrt is the religious blessing of both equines and humans. This isn't your party-like-a-rockstar kind of event. It's truly remarkable to see it for yourself.


German Phrase of the Month

  • English: I don't feel well./I feel better.
  • German: Mir geht es nicht gut./Mir geht es besser.
  • Pronounce: Meer gayt es nihkt goot./Meer gayt es baesser.


German Quote of the Month

"Change can be frightening, and the temptation is often to resist it. But change almost always provides opportunities - to learn new things, to rethink tired processes, and to improve the way we work."

—Klaus Schwab


Trip Tip

Everyone has their own To-Do List when deciding on a vacation spot. Like, what's important to you? History? Outdoor recreation? Relaxation opportunities? And, what if I told you you'd find it all right here in the Hessian town of Bad Wildungen?

This spa town on the edge of the Kellerwald is perfect for experiencing Germany outside its big cities. It offers an array of hiking and biking trails, guided tours, falls along popular scenic routes (bike & car), has its own castle, a number of old churches, fun festivals, and even a few museums.

The hardest thing to do in Bad Wildungen is deciding where to start. But, I know. And I've said it a thousand times, if I've said it once, start at the Tourist Office. Bad Wildungen has two for you, one at Brunnenallee 1 in Bad Wildungen proper, the other in the village of Reinhardshausen at Hauptstraße 2. Both are open six days a week (except Sunday).

You're sure to find out how Bad Wildungen lies along the German Fairy Tale Road. Its highlight is the Schneewittchenhaus (Snow White House), a lively museum that offers fairy tale readings and houses birthday parties for kids.

Speaking of the Schneewittchenhaus, this town deserves to be a stop on the German Framework Road since there are p-l-e-n-t-y of half-timbered structures to photograph. For me, it's the 16th century half-timbered church found in the village of Armsfeld that was postcard perfect.

If you want to see an older church, head to the village of Hüddingen. The original church dates back to the Middle Ages when Romanesque architecture was all the rage.

I have to question if its sad Bad Wildungen doesn't have a medieval castle, but they do have a graceful Baroque one known as Schloss Friedrichstein.

Don't go running off to the local spa for a massage or a soak just yet, you're not done exploring yet. Although, you'll need some sort of a spa day after you've given golfing, Geocaching, and Nordic Walking a go. Even better that Bad Wildungen lies along the Eder-Radweg (Eder Cycle Path) and the Hessische Radfernweg R5 (Hessian Cycle Distance Route R5), huh?

What? I told you there were scenic routes—meaning more than just one. If you don't want to travel that distance, you can always take an e-bike adventure guided tour that'll take less than four-hours.

If you'd like to learn about the darker side of things, the 90-minute Night Watchman Tour is for you.

Want to keep it light and fun? Come for one of Bad Wildungen's many festivals or cultural events then. It's all about the food for September's Kartoffelfest (Potato Festival), and the music for the Lichter Musikfest in August. There's even the obligatory Christmas Market in December.

Now, what have I missed? Oh, Bad Wildungen's museums. Make sure you leave time to visit the Local History Museum, and the Spa Museum while you're here.

Wait, I take that back. Make sure you leave time for a day at Bad Wildungen's spa facilities. After all you've got to experience here, you'll need/enjoy it. :-)


Good To Know

All right, I know it's just about the end of the year, and the Centennial of the Bauhaus. And before you go thinking I should've written about this sooner—better late than never, huh?

What is the Bauhaus anyway? Where do you find it? How is it different? Why is it special? Why is this stuff good to know?

I had these questions myself, by the way.

The Bauhaus, or properly known as Staatliches Bauhaus, was a school in Weimar that began the modernism movement in art, architecture, and design that eventually replaced the Art Deco styling of the early 20th century.

Interestingly enough, when the school was opened by none other than Walter Gropius himself, more women applied for admission than men. Perhaps it was the Bauhaus' view on gender equality that helped with its popularity. Many women students went on to have very successful careers in interior design, art, photography, ceramics, and textile crafts.

You'd think the "Women's Movement" within the Bauhaus would be reason enough to expand the school's ideas of design and function, but it was inadvertently the Nazis who helped expand this forward thinking art and architectural design beyond Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin.

Curious that Nazi writers considered Bauhaus art "un-German," despite its leaning towards efficent form and function. And top Nazis called it "Communist Intellectualism" (whatever that is). Besides, many of its students and teachers emigrated to places like the United States—that the ideas of the Bauhaus design began popping up in places like New York, Chicago, Detroit, and even Israel.

The White City of Tel Aviv gets to boast thousands of modified-for-the-climate Bauhaus architectural gems, and it's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Israeli city is also home to its own Bauhaus Museum.

FYI, guided tours in both Israel and Germany around Bauhaus architecture are available if you're interested in learning more.

Another Bauhaus Museum can be found in Weimar, holding the oldest collection of works of the Bauhaus Movement in the world. Plus, you'd be surprised to know the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin has its own Bauhaus beginnings.

This Modern Art Museum was designed by (deep breath on the name) Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the last Director of the Bauhaus, many years after the school was shut down in 1933.

At this point more years have passed than the original years the school of the Bauhaus had operated. And so many of its architectural and artistic achievements are still celebrated to this very day—making it all very Good To Know. :-)


Next G-ZINE's Preview

Short 'n sweet, here's what's coming up next in Germany — a preview of the next G-ZINE:

  • Time For Christmas Already
  • It's Always Good When It's "Bad"
  • Crikey, It's Carnival


Published by Marcus Hochstadt

Ortsstr. 52
76891 Rumbach, Germany

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